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Old 03-25-2014, 10:37 AM   #71
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City: Cape May, NJ and Englewood, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Irish Lady
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Originally Posted by psneeld View Post
The tie wrap is pretty well accepted except in areas where something more drastic is required by locals or even lake wide such as handle removal and hose removal.

But a few years back some boat builders decided less sea cocks were better and the discharge port was above the waterline with no sea cock to secure and just a button on the electrical panel to discharge. Some cruisers decided to take it one step further by putting a key switch in and placing the key in a secure spot.

After years of boarding teams getting into arguments over all this...the office of the USCG Commandant (may have been a subordinate office with proper authority) came out and described acceptable methods beyond what the CFRs state.

If I find anything today or soon...I'll make sure I share it.
I remember that too from my Auxiliary days. ...ty-wrap, padlock on the seacock, keylock switch, 2 switches in series, locked head compartment... There were multiple acceptable ways to comply. The whole point was to require at least 2 actions to prevent accidental discharge.
I'll have to find the CFR bases but here is the CGAuxiliary VSC Manual ( )page 26 as it exists today:

No-Discharge Areas.

Vessels shall not discharge sewage overboard in an area designated as no discharge. A Type I or II flow-through MSD must be adequately secured while the vessel is in a no-discharge area to prevent any overboard discharge of treated or untreated sewage, such as:

Closing the seacock and padlocking, using a non-releasable wire-tie, or removing the seacock handle,

Locking the door to the head with the owner/operator in possession of the key in not-discharge controlled areas.

A combination of switches that have to be pressed simultaneously or

Switches that can only be turned on after inserting a key.
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